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1914 T216 Kotton Tobacco Eddie Plank
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,937.50
Graded VG-EX 4 by PSA. Extremely rare tobacco card of Eddie Plank from the 1914 Kotton Tobacco set. Plank, of course, appears in many candy issues of the era, but very few tobacco-related sets. The Kotton Tobacco set shares designs with several other closely related caramel and bakery issues (E90-1 American Caramel Company, E92 Dockman & Sons, etc.) from the same era. All Kotton Tobacco cards are extremely rare, but an example of Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Plank is especially desirable to serious collectors, both because he is a Hall of Famer and because this tobacco card of Plank is far rarer than the famous T206 tobacco card of Plank. This card is all the more fascinating in that it features Plank with the St. Louis club of the Federal League. Produced by the People's Tobacco Co. of New Orleans, the Kotton Tobacco series was regionally issued only in the Louisiana area. It is very unlikely that Eddie Plank (or Honus Wagner, who is also in the set) was ever aware that his card was issued by Kotton Tobacco. This is a very attractive card with bright, crisp colors, clean front and back, and evenly rounded corners. Centered 55/45 L/R and 65/35 T/B. The reverse has a boldly printed advertisement. If not for the extremely light hint of a crease which is only in the white of the top border the card might possibly be graded higher. We grade this card between Vg-Ex and Ex (Vg-Ex/Ex). This is an extremely strong example of one of the rarest and most interesting of all Eddie Plank cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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